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Madagascar: Ravalomanana mouvance aims France for the sanctions decided in a hurry

While the French government through diplomatic channels of the Quai d'Orsay announced on June 6 the residence prohibition on the French soil, Andry Rajoelina, Didier Ratsiraka and Lalao Ravalomanana, as well as their family members and all policies that block the electoral process in the Big Island, the Ravalomanana has strongly opposed on Friday to a decision taken according to her in haste.

"The ICG-M (Editor's note: The International Contact Group for Madagascar) has not yet decided on sanctions, but some are already applying. We have no problem with France but it seems to go beyond mediation", said the president of the Transitional Council and head of Delegation of the Ravalomanana, Mamy Rakotoarivelo, the newspaper L'Express of Madagascar.

In mid-July, the ICG-M, after several consultations on the Big Island, had issued an ultimatum to three candidates to withdraw their presidential candidacy before the end of the month, under penalty of immediate application of targeted sanctions (travel ban and assets freeze on the outside) decided on June 26 in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
The Head of Delegation of the Ravalomanana warned, however, that "if there is any flexibility to withdraw the nomination of Lalao Ravalomanana", the movement of the former president Marc Ravalomanana was forced to withdraw from the electoral process in Madagascar.

To recap, the prohibition of French territory is also extended to the whole Schengen area, with the implementation of the recent information system and centralization of Schengen visas.

France blames the three controversial candidates of run for the highest office in Madagascar, and despite pressure from the international community and the European Union for their unconditional withdrawal from the race for the next presidential of Madagascar.


Antso Rajaona

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